North American CT-39G 'Sabreliner'

Notes: CT-39E with longer fuselage, yaw damper, and engine thrust reversers.
  Manufacturer:North American
  Base model:T-39
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1948-Present
  Basic role:Trainer
  Modified Mission:Transport
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  Length: 48' 4" 14.7 m
  Height:16' 4.8 m
  Wingspan: 44' 6" 13.5 m
  Wingarea: 342.0 sq ft 31.7 sq m
  Empty Weight: 11,035 lb 5,004 kg
  Gross Weight: 19,135 lb 8,678 kg
  Max Weight: 20,000 lb 9,070 kg

  No. of Engines: 2
  Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney JT12A-8
  Thrust (each): 3,300 lb 1,496 kg

  Range: 2,118 miles 3,410 km
  Max Speed: 563 mph 906 km/h 489 kt
  Climb: 4,700 ft/min 1,432 m/min
  Ceiling: 45,000 ft 13,715 m

Operators (Past and Present)
USN VR-24 Sigonella Sicily

Known serial numbers
158380 / 158383, 159361 / 159365, 160053 / 160058


Recent comments by our visitors
 E. Holloway
 Phoenix, AZ
Nice web site. I was an Aircrewman for CFLSW Det New Orleans from Aug 91 until Dec 95. Our mission was Executive Air Transport. Our unit had three aircraft which were refitted Ts to accommodate our mission. The interiors were plush and we had in-flight phones installed. Our most common customers were one to two star Admirals and Marine generals. Captains (Navy) and Colonels occasionally and the occasional three star. Some missions included high ranking civilians and congressmen. Our theater of operations covered all the US, the Caribbean South and Central America and Canada.
CFLSW Det Nola operated Two Gs and One E. If I can remember the BuNo I think they were 158392 (E) and 160053, 160058 (Gs) I have an in flight photo of 160057 (Crashed with 3 shipmates lost earlier in 1991) and 160058 flying in formation. If I can dig it up I will post it here. 160057 was attached to Det Nola. 158392 was the replacement of that lost aircraft and we took delivery, if memory serves me correctly, some time late 1992. I was the replacement for that lost Aircrewman. The Marines also operated two Gs out of New Orleans as well. The aircraft were maintained by contracted civilian maintenance.

03/05/2008 @ 10:56 [ref: 19869]
 Craig (skip) Danielson
 Moreno Valley, CA
Wow, it was nice to fine this page again. I have added it to my favorites and will be adding some photos soon semper fi.
11/09/2007 @ 19:24 [ref: 18487]
 Doug Smith
 Jacksonville, FL
I was with MWHS 1 T-39 crew from 79 to 81. I remember ol Skip Danielson. that had the last post on here.
I enjoyed working on and flyin the T-39.
04/30/2007 @ 09:42 [ref: 16358]
 Billy Yarborough
 Huntsville, AL
Navy Fleet Logistics Squadron 24 (VR-24) operated 3 CT-39G aircraft. They were delivered to the squadron in 1973. Buno's 159361, 159362, and 159363. I was the night shift maintenance supervisor in 1977/78. They were primarily VIP/Medevac aircraft and flew extensively around the Mediterranian. They were great aircraft.
06/21/2006 @ 12:34 [ref: 13560]
 Robin Oscarson
 Sacramento, CA
I just uploaded to photos from my time at Kadena AFB, Okinawa. And I just corrected my email address.
07/30/2005 @ 02:39 [ref: 10889]
 Robin Oscarson
 Sacramento, CA
From October 1978 to October 1979 I was a member of the MWHS-1, T-39 Maintenance Crew at Kadena AFB, Okinawa on the Naval Air Field (NAF) side of the base. We had 13 maintenance personnel and 6 to 8 pilots. Of the 13 maintenance personnel 6 of us were designated as Crew Chiefs. I wore several hats; I was the Assistant SNCOIC, Assistant Maintenance Chief, Assistant Maintenance Officer, Quality Assurance Chief, Maintenance Control Chief, Senior Plane Captain and Senior Crew Chief. It was a great airplane to crew on and I always enjoyed the Generals who we flew to various locations in the Far East. I have some very interesting stories about these experiences.
07/30/2005 @ 02:35 [ref: 10888]
 SSGT Craig Danielson
 , CA
Two CT39G sister ships known as Marine Sabre's 64 and 64. (Buno 160064 and 160065) were used in late seventies and early eighties in Futenma Okinawa and MCAS El Toro California. I was proud to have served and earned my crew wings, while keeping up the spit shine and polish. I have plenty of photos of Sabre 64. It should also be noted that the reason it was called a Sabreliner, was that it utilzed the wing from the Sabre jet of Korean war vintage.
02/01/2005 @ 17:03 [ref: 9330]


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